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Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Sauce
Vietnamese Inspired Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Sauce
With lots of fresh ingredients from the garden, a lime-marinated carrot salad, a creamy, tangy peanut hoisin sauce, and fresh mint, we have yet to have any leftovers when I make this meal. The sauce literally is good enough to drink! I was first introduced to these lettuce wraps with peanut sauce while visiting my friend Sherri in Canada, she served it to us for dinner and we devoured it!
Over the years, I have simplified the recipe to make it easier to prepare. It is fresh, crunchy and packed with pungent flavor. It makes four servings so if you have a large family, you may want to double the recipe. I am normally not a huge fan of mint, but in this dish, it definitely merits being included. The mint compliments the other ingredients perfectly to take this meal from good to super delicious! I would compare it to the icing on a cake.
How to Make the Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Sauce:
Cook The Ramen Noodles.
Cook according to package directions reserving the seasoning packet for the meat. When the noodles are al dente, drain and set aside. Add 1/2 TBL of sesame oil to prevent noodles from sticking together.
Cook and season the meat.
We use ground turkey in this meal, but you could alternatively use ground beef if you prefer. Add 1 TBL of sesame oil to medium pan and cook meat over medium heat. Add the seasoning packet from ramen noodles, sesame seeds, ginger and garlic. Continue cooking until browned. Stirring and breaking meat into small pieces as it cooks. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Prepare The Vegetables.
Cut and wash 4-6 large lettuce leaves, I like to use either Green Leaf, or Romaine. In a small bowl, combine lime juice and carrots, tear mint leaves into small pieces. Again, It might be tempting to omit the mint leaves, but I recommend you include them.
Chop the peanuts.
Use a food processor and pulse slightly. Do not over pulse. If you are in a hurry, put the nuts into a zip lock bag and crush them lightly with a meat tenderizer.
Make the Peanut Hoisin Sauce.
Combine peanut butter, hoisin sauce and 3 TBL water. Heat in the microwave until warm approximately 1 to 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. If the sauce is too thick, add a little more water just until it reaches pouring consistency.
Assemble The Lettuce Wraps
Lay out lettuce leaves and divide toppings between leaves. Layer the ingredients as follows; ramen noodles, turkey, carrots and peanuts. Sprinkle with chopped mint leaves. Pour peanut hoisin sauce on top and enjoy! Garnish with additional lime wedges, squeeze a little more lime juice onto the wrap just before eating as desired.
Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Sauce
- Medium Pan, Medium Sauce Pot, Strainer, Food Processor -Optional
- 1 1/2 TBS Sesame Oil Divided
- 1 Pound Ground Turkey Can use ground beef if prefered
- 2 Cups Julienned Carrots
- 1 Juice from 1 lime, Extra lime wedges for garnish is optional
- 1 Package Soy Sauce Flavored Ramen Noodles Reserve seasoning packet for meat
- 1/2 Cup Chopped Dry Roasted Peanuts
- 1 Head Lettuce Preferably with larger leaves, Green Leaf, Romaine or Butter Head work well.
- 2 oz Hoisin Sauce
- 2 oz Creamy Peanut Butter
- 3 TBS Water
- 1 tsp Minced Garlic
- 1 TBS Sesame Seeds
- 3/4 tsp Ground Ginger
- 1/4 Cup chopped mint leaves
Cook the Ramen
- Cook Ramen Noodles according to package directions reserving the seasoning packet. When the noodles are al dente, drain and set aside. Add 1/2 Tbsp of sesame oil to prevent noodles from sticking together.
Cook the Meat
- Add 1 TBL of sesame oil to medium pan and cook ground turkey over medium heat, add soy sauce seasoning packet from ramen noodles, along with sesame seed, garlic and ginger. Stir to break meat into small pieces. Continue cooking until meat is browned.
Prepare the Veggies
- Cut and wash 4-6 large lettuce leaves, in a small bowl,combine lime juice and carrots, tear mint leaves into small pieces. Chop the peanuts and place them into a small bowl using a food processor or a ziplock bag and a meat tenderizer.
Make the Peanut Hoisin Sauce
- Combine peanut butter, hoisin sauce and water. Heat in the microwave until hot, approximately 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. Stir until smooth. If the sauce is too thick, add a little more water just until it reaches pouring consistency.
Assemble the Wraps
- Lay out lettuce leaves and divide toppings between leaves. Layer toppings in this order; ramen, meat, carrots, peanuts and mint leaves. Drizzle peanut hoisin sauce on top and garnish with lime wedges. Squeeze on extra lime juice as desired.
- I like to use freshly minced garlic and freshly grated ginger in every meal I prepare because, for me, the flavor burst you get from using these ingredients fresh is worth the trouble. That said, if you don't have them on hand or just don't have the time to mess with them, these Lettuce Wraps are still very good made with powdered garlic and ginger.
- I usually use a firmer, larger type of lettuce for these wraps such as Romaine.
I am Laura
Who I am is a Southern California turned small town, Midwest Mom. I am wife to Bruce, and mom to my three girls who are all now in college. I enjoy spending time with our quirky pup, Ollie, working in my little garden, and experimenting in the kitchen. I am dedicated to keeping my life as simple as possible and to helping others do the same.
It is my deepest hope that you will find resources here that will bring you closer to living a simpler, more intentional, and more peaceful life.
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